240 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs. "In the region of southcentral Kentucky known as the Eastern Pennyroyal the lore of death and ghosts endures as a great vestige of the past. Until twentieth-century progress intervened, beliefs and sayings were handed down by word of mouth from one generation to the next. Here, in this area which some longtime residents call the 'Pennyrile', burying one's own dead and recounting stories of their return as ghosts were common practices. But the advance of technology, improved communications, and better roads have slowly urbanized a once agrarian people, and the folk culture of earlier times has been replaced by the ways of life of the current American midstream. Nevertheless it is still possible to find people here who cling to beliefs in the omens of death and the manifestations of the supernatural. Even those who were children of the lean years of the thirties recall with a fondness verging on nostalgia what it was like to sit around the fireplace and listen to parents and grandparents swap ghost tales. In (this book, the author) uses the techniques of the skilled folklorist to capture an almost-gone way of life in the 'Pennyrile', when change rarely occured, when traditional customs were clung to, and when people enjoyed talking about old times and serving as chroniclers of the past to the present. He and his former students have recorded the actual words of these people, letting them literally tell it like it was. In searching out and collecting these lingering oral traditions, in relating them to the culture which produced or nurtured them, and in collating them with persistent items of folk traditions found elsewhere, his work will be a model for similar comparative studies of folk belief systems found in other regions of the country." Contents: Preface; Prologue: The Kentucky Foothills, Where Folk Belief Abounds; Introduction to Omens of Death; Death Beliefs; Death Omen Narratives; Introduction to the Dead; Folk Beliefs Associated with the Dead; Introduction to Ghostlore; Ghost Narratives; Glossary; Selected Bibliography; Index of Collectors; Index of Tale Types and Motifs; General Index. Light edge wear to boards. Dust jacket has old price label on rear panel, very light edge wear, a few light small scratches on fron panel, minor rubbing, light wrinkling/creasing at top edge, minor browning on inside. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Book by Montell, William Lynwood
A fascinating collection of ghost stories, tales of the supernatural, death beliefs and death sayings that remain as a vestige of the part in south central Kentucky's "Pennyrile" region.
"This unique and extremely valuable book adds considerably to the area of folklore studies in the United States. The material which Montell obtained in his field work is superb."
"This book is to be recommended to both folklorists and those non-folklorists who read folklore for enjoyment alone. It makes an important contribution to the study of deathlore and, it is to be hoped, will draw added attention to this multi-generic subject area."
--David J. Hufford, Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin.
"Professor Montell's book can well be viewed as a standard of excellence: a direct, articulate and cataloged approach for future study and implementation in the fields of folklore and oral history."
--Joan Perkal, Oral History Association Newsletter.
"The book gives fascinating accounts of death beliefs, death omens, folk beliefs associated with the dead, and in the major section, ghosts narratives. A fine combination of scholarship and chilling narration to be relished by firelight in an old deserted house in the hills."
"Professor Montell has arranged beliefs and experiences about death of a particular group of people in such a way that a whole new aspect of the people's lives comes to focus."
--Loyal Jones, The Filson Club HIstory Quarterly.
Title: GHOSTS ALONG THE CUMBERLAND: DEATHLORE IN ...
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Publication Date: 1975
Binding: Hard Cover
Illustrator: Mike Morse, photographer.
Book Condition: Very Good+
Edition: First Edition.
Book Description University of Tennessee Press, 1975. Condition: Fair. 1st ed. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Seller Inventory # GRP95828302
Book Description University of Tennessee Press, 1975. Condition: Good. 1st ed. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP10980323
Book Description University of Tennessee Press, 1975. Condition: Good. 1st ed. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP9297808
Book Description University of Tennessee Press. Paperback. Condition: Good. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0870491652I3N00
Book Description University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, 1975. Pictorial Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Mike Morse (illustrator). 1st Edition. Black cloth, with graytone illustration. 240 pages; b/w photos; glossary; bib.; indices. The top end of the text block has black, remainder spray. A gift plate is taped onto the front FEP, and an owner's name is above it. The DJ is a little rubbed along parts of the bottom edge. Seller Inventory # 010086
Book Description University of Tennessee Press, 1975. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Dust jacket shows light wear. Pages are clean and intact. Seller Inventory # mon0001842402
Book Description University of Tennessee Press, 1975. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0870491652
Book Description University of Tennessee Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: Very Good. 0870491652 1975 edition, hardback with dust jacket (with edge wear), pages unmarked. Please note: book was in departmental library, but no signs of such except card pocket inside back cover and inch square area bottom spine where catelogue sticker was taken off, blackened over. We ship almost daily. Seller Inventory # SKU1004352
Book Description University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN, 1975. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. Second Printing. Original pictorial paper over boards in fine condition both externally and internally. Housed in the original dust jacket which is a bit rubbed showing on the slightest edgewear, else very good+. Introduction, glossary, bibliography, index, 240p. A classic examination of the folklore and tales gathered from the southcentral Kentucky in a region known as the Pennyroyal. Seller Inventory # 003399
Book Description University of Tennessee Press, 1975. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 240 pp; Nice tight and claen book in dust jacket with some minor edge wear at the tips. Seller Inventory # 92047